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Heroic villainy
When a character does a good deed for selfish or even nefarious reasons
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(permanent link) added: 2013-02-10 00:40:08 sponsor: passivesmoking (last reply: 2013-02-11 11:52:39)

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Is there a trope for when a character (normally a villain or morally ambiguous character) performs an act that on the face of it seems good, but in fact benefits the character in some way and was motivated for selfish or even nefarious reasons? Examples include Cal from Titanic rescuing a small child purely to secure himself a seat in a lifeboat, and almost everything Gaius Baltar does on Battle Star Galactica.
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